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Touda is one of the main protagonists of the Shōnen Onmyōji. He is one of the Twelve Shinshou, also known as the "Fire General" Touda (騰蛇), who used to be a shikigami(式神) under Abe no Seimei. He now accompanies Masahiro in the form of Mokkun (もっくん), a quadruped creature.

Appearance[]

In his mononoke form, Mokkun is a white, red-eyed small rabbit-like creature with four red markings and red protrusions extending around the upper part of his body, and a long tail and claws.

In his true (normal) form, Touda/Guren is a tall, red-haired and golden-eyed man with caramel-colored skin, with claws. He is mostly bare except for a sash around his waist and fittingly brown gloves suited for his clawed hands. He also has some form of coverings for both of his legs that stop before reaching his thighs. He also wears earrings two red-fanged shaped earrings on his left ear and the golden band around his forehead that keeps his extra power in check. He happens to go barefoot as well.

Personality[]

Touda, although seen as a serious and dedicated, becomes a somewhat snarky and almost playful individual around Masahiro. He often plays tricks on the people who annoy him. Due to an event in the past the other summon spirits distrust him, but Touda believes their hate is justified.

Touda is considered to be one of the most feared summon gods due to his control over the flames of Hell. His power is so incredible that Seimei created a golden band to put around his head to keep his own strength from overwhelming him. This led him to believe that it was best for him to be alone so as not to hurt others. As stated by Masahiro in the anime, Touda also fears that everyone who sees him will hate him.

Masahiro, even when just a very young child, never feared Touda. When Touda realized this he was surprised and it gave him the light he needed to pull out of his depression. He devoted his life to protecting Masahiro and that decision forever stands.

History[]

Guren is one of twelve Shinshō in service to Seimei, who gave him his current name, after he pledged his servitude. His original name is Tōda, (騰蛇). However, the other Shinshō still address him by his original name. Only Seimei and Masahiro call him Guren.

The form he takes most of the time is an ayakashi although Masahiro considers him a mononoke, whom Masahiro named Mokkun. Because he's invisible to anyone without a spirit sense, Mokkun frequently plays tricks on people who annoy him, much to Masahiro's chagrin. It was also shown in the anime that Guren dislikes babies, because according to him, babies often cry for no reason. However, Masahiro disagrees, saying that Guren was merely afraid that the children who saw him would hate him.

From the time Masahiro was a baby, Guren watched over and protected him, as Masahiro was the only person who wasn't afraid of him. Because of this, despite how they constantly bicker with each other, Masahiro and Guren share a deep sense of friendship and trust between them and both are willing to lay down their own lives for the other.

It is also mentioned that Guren is one of most feared summon gods, possessing the power of controlling the fires of Hell. Seimei also created a golden ring to wear around Guren's head to keep his own strength from overwhelming him.

Since Masahiro doesn't fear Guren, Seimei cites this as the proof his grandson is the only one compatible to be his successor. In the form of Mokkun, the familiar is able to erect barriers and project crescent shaped blades of energy; in the form of Guren, he attacks with blasts of fire and a trident.

In the past, Seimei’s best friend Ryūsai who ordered Guren by using the Baku-kon spell, a spell that could forcefully control anyone’s heart. He used it on Guren to kill Seimei and after that kill him. In addition, because of that incident the other Shinshō don't trust him. Nevertheless, that began to change with Masahiro's help, as stated by Kōchin.

Later in the series, he is corrupted by Chishiki no Gūji, losing his soul and becoming a cold-blooded monster who almost leaves Masahiro to die. It is later revealed that he’s a slave of the Underworld, as he controls the Fires of Hell. His blood was required to break the final seal of the gate to the Underworld.

At the end of the anime, Masahiro revives Guren; saving his life in exchange for Guren's memories of Masahiro being sealed away, so he would not have to remember and regret the terrible things he has done. Despite Guren having no memory of who he is, Masahiro felt that this was better than seeing him die. However, Guren is sill one of Seimei's familiars. As such, he is under orders from Seimei to continue to look after Masahiro.

Plot[]

Powers & Abilities[]

Touda, as a Shikigami, can take flight, summon a spear-like weapon, and has supernatural strength, displaying a certain natural-born strength than others such as being able to throw around heavy and strong youkai who are ten times his size with both of his hands.

When he's in his form as Mokkun, he can still summon flames to a more subdued extent, but also bring forth a barrier and use the red, spiky protrusions to shoot at someone.

He also has the power to control flames, both red ones and white-hot ones, which are absurdly powerful. They're even more powerful without the golden band limiting him, however.

Relationships[]

Abe no Masahiro[]

Touda is always willing to put his life on the line for Masahiro and Masahiro does the same. They protect each other and have a deep bond of friendship and trust. It is because of Masahiro that Touda does not isolate himself from others and, after some convincing from Masahiro, is willing to depend on him if he is hurting mentally or physically. They have a relationship like they are brothers.

Abe no Seimi[]

The onmyouji who he had decided to end up serving as one of his shikigami. He feels great loyalty to him, but also guilt for having attacked him in the past, due to the "Soul Binding" technique. Despite the fact that it was a mind-control technique, he continues to feel that he was responsible for that; even if Seimi has reassured him himself. He also is willing to die for him and protect him as need be, and likes the name he had been given to him which was "Guren".

Trivia[]

  • Guren means "Red Lotus".

References[]

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